Role for OBGYNs in Gender-Affirming Surgical Care of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

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Many transgender and gender nonconforming individuals have undergone, or plan to pursue, gender-affirming surgery as part of their transition. While not all gender-affirming surgeries are provided by Obstetricians and Gynecologists (OBGYNs), OBGYNs are uniquely skilled to perform certain gender-affirming surgeries such as hysterectomies, bilateral oophorectomies, and vaginectomies. OBGYNs are also well positioned to provide anatomy-specific cancer screening as dictated by patient’s hormonal and surgical status, and to address postsurgical or natal vulvovaginal concerns.

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